The landmark wind farm, which is fully funded by the Abu Dhabi Fund for Development (ADFD), was connected to Oman’s electricity transmission grid last week during the commissioning of the project’s first wind turbine.
Tuesday 20, August 2019
The 50-megawatt (MW) Dhofar Wind Farm has produced its first-kilowatt hour of electricity, marking a major milestone for the GCC region’s first utility-scale wind farm.
According to a local daily, the remaining 12 wind turbines will be commissioned, tested and connected to the grid in sequence, ensuring the start of commercial operations before the end of 2019.
The Dhofar Wind Farm power project is being implemented by Abu Dhabi Future Energy Company (Masdar) through an engineering, procurement and construction consortium led by GE Renewable Energy and Spain’s TSK.
The wind farm is expected to generate enough electricity to supply 16,000 homes and will offset an estimated 110,000 tonnes of CO2 emissions annually while reducing reliance on natural gas for domestic power generation.
Mohammed Saif al Suwaidi, the Director-General of ADFD, said, “ADFD recognised early on the importance of funding renewable energy projects in driving the objectives of the United Nations’ Sustainable Development Goals (SDG).
Oman Power and Water Procurement (OPWP) will be the distributor of the generated power from the Rural Areas Electricity (Tanweer), which is responsible for operating the wind power plant upon completion.